One of the best European midfielders of the 1990s; he won the Ballon d’Or and led his Czech team to the final of UEFA Euro 1996.
His parents enrolled him in the local youth soccer club, where he first learned the basics.
He was just the second Czech player to receive the Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year.
He had two children with his wife Ivana.
He won the Czech Footballer of the Year award four times, whereas Petr Cech, another well-known Czech footballer, won it five times.